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December 4th

Derek Bridegam, 26

December 4, 2014

Jan. 5, 1988 — Dec. 1, 2014
Derek Bradley Bridegam, 26, of Columbia City, Ind. passed away at 11:24 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born on Jan. 5, 1988 in Columbia City, Derek was the son of Carl M. and Debbie (Leininger) Bridegam.

Brenda Reynolds, 61

December 4, 2014

Aug. 11, 1953 — Dec. 2, 2014
Brenda Kay Reynolds, 61, of Columbia City, died at 11:04 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 at her home.
She was born Aug. 11, 1953 in Columbia City, a daughter of Harold Frank and Dorothy A. (Barnes) Wade. She graduated from Columbia City Joint High School.
On April 9, 1977 she was united in marriage to Larry A. Reynolds. They always made their home in the Columbia City area. Mr. Reynolds died Nov. 7, 1994.
She was employed at Magnavox, USSI and Autoliv.

Ruth Evelyn Dygert, 103

December 4, 2014

Nov. 4, 1911 — Dec. 2, 2014
Ruth Evelyn Dygert, 103, of Thorncreek Township, Whitley County, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 2, 2014 at her home.
She was born Nov. 4, 1911 in Leavenworth, a daughter of James and Alzenia (Roberts) Tower. She graduated from from Leavenworth High School and DePauw University where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
She taught high school English and Chemistry in LaPorte.

December 3rd

Russell D. Erne, 75

December 3, 2014

Feb. 12, 1939 – Dec. 2, 2014
Russell D. Erne, 75, of rural Pierceton, Kosciusko County, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 2, 2014 at his home.
He was born Feb. 12, 1939 in Columbia City, Ind., a son of Harlo J. and Dorothy Marie (Kiger) Erne. He attended West Ward School, graduated from Columbia City High School in 1957 and Indiana Wesleyan College in Marion.
His first employment was with Blue Bell. In 1961 he began working at Fort Benjamin Harrison as a clerk then enlisted in the United States Air Force. He was honorably discharged in 1965.

Frederick Sheets, 45

December 3, 2014

July 30, 1969 — Dec. 1, 2014
Frederick William Sheets, 45, of Fort Wayne passed away at 2:38 p.m. Monday, December 1, 2014 at Lutheran Hospital. Born on July 30, 1969 in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Richard C. Sheets and Patricia (Grant) Uhl.

Virginia Bogner, 83

December 3, 2014

Virginia M. Bogner, 83, passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Miller’s at Oak Pointe in Columbia City.
Born in Whitley County, Virginia worked for GTE for over 40 years before her retirement in 1991. Virginia was a master gardener, growing lots of food and donating much of it to the Fort Wayne Food Bank for many years. Aside from gardening, she also enjoyed making crafts, and photography.
Surviving are her nephews, Bill (Becky) Bogner of Larwill, Dave (Sherri) Bogner of Columbia City; niece, Shari Vanderford of Greenfield, along with many extended family members.

December 2nd

Juanita McConnell, 87

December 2, 2014

Juanita McConnell, 87
Sept. 16, 1927 — Dec. 1, 2014
Juanita B. McConnell, 87, of Little Cedar Lake, died peacefully after a four month journey with cancer at 9:05 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 at Renaissance Village where she had been a resident since Sept. 20.
She was born Sept. 16, 1927 in Columbia City, a daughter of John F. and Rosena A. (Hartman) Karst.
She graduated from Columbia City High School in 1945 and St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in 1952.

December 1st

Maxine Kreider, 97

December 1, 2014

June 3, 1917 — Nov. 27, 2014
Maxine L. Kreider, 97, of North Manchester, died at 8:25 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 at Peabody Home where she had been a resident for the past three years.
She was born June 3, 1917 in Wabash County, a daughter of Grovie and Abigail (Bechtold) French. She graduated from Chester High School.
A homemaker, she worked at South Whitley Florist and Bryan Manufacturing in North Manchester.

Charles Zumbrun

December 1, 2014

Nov. 19, 1930 — Nov. 24, 2014
Charles Bonnell Zumbrun died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 at St. Anne Home, Fort Wayne.
Mr. Zumbrun was born in Whitley County, Nov. 19, 1930 to Merril and Freeda (Winebrenner) Zumbrun. He and Arleen Farris were married on Dec. 8, 1951. Zumbrun was a lifelong Whitley County farmer.

Thomas Martin, 53

December 1, 2014

Sept. 12, 1961 — Nov. 28, 2014
Thomas L. “Tom” Martin, 53, a resident of Churubusco, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 at 10:04 p.m., surrounded by his loving family. He had been in declining health since October.
Mr. Martin was born in Huntington Sept. 12, 1961, a son of James Lee and Nina (King) Martin. He spent his early years in Huntington, and as a youth moved with his parents to a home near Green Center. He graduated from Churubusco High School in 1979.

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